Product Type: Apple headsets
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Average Joe Of Earphones
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Member Name: Bunters1994
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Advantages: They're sturdy and strong
Disadvantages: The sound quality is pretty terrible
I'm pretty sure if you have ever purchased an iPod or know of anybody with one, you will have seen these little white earphones. This version of earphones is an upgrade from the standard Apple earphones with did not include a Mic or remote control. From what I can tell nothing has changed with regards to the actual ear-pieces themselves.
Over the years this style of earphone has become more developed through changing shapes and sizes as well as the odd upgrade with regards to hardware. I owned one of the very first iPods which came with the very first earphone design and I can't help but think that apple have gone towards catering for mass production rather than for quality.
The sound quality of these earphones is pretty bad in comparison to Skull-candies or Seinheisers and to be honest, the only time I use them is when I'm lying in bed reading a book or surfing the net and I don't particularly need great sound quality. I think it's only really when you use a high quality set of earphones that you realise what's missing from them. That thing that is missing is the entire lower end of the sound spectrum. You can just about make out the kick drum on a drumkit and as for the bass guitar, good luck making that out! It's already bad enough that so many bands turn the bass guitar down really low, now that these earphones are quite literally EVERYWHERE I'm really feeling sorry for bass players.
The mic and controls are handy when doing a Skype call, I'm able to plug the earphones directly into my MacBook and it will pick it up straight away as one of the inputs. I find though i have to almost hold the mic right up to my mouth in order to get a clear sound through. This means I just end up using the built in Mic in my MacBook (which sort of defeats the purpose of the mic in the first place). The only place I can think that this would be useful for is hands-free calls in the car or else whilst somebody phones you when listening to your iPod. Considering I have a built in hands-free in my car and I don't have an iPhone, this makes it pretty useless for me!
In summary I have no real need for these earphones: I get much better quality off my Skull-candy earphones and even better quality out of my Bose headphones. I don't really have any need for the mic or controls either so I would rather stick with the basic older version!
The earphones themselves seem to be build to withstand punishment from the everyday uses of an iPod. I mean guys let's face it, how many of us just wrap our earphones around our iPod and chuck it inside out pocket? After getting told off big time by our engineer in the studio for wrapping cables tight I know first hand this is very bad for them. The great thing however is that the iPod earphones seem to take the abuse for months upon months until the dreaded scenario happens where one earphone breaks leaving the other working perfectly fine..
Summary: Where is the bass? Where is the tone?
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